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Donkey - Monday May 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

I *FINALLY* remembered to check in with the scale this morning.  I'm such a creature of habit that I kept forgetting to do so,  even though I put the scale right by my  workout clothes. 

It is good that the numbers are going down.  Cutting out the stroopwaffel cookies was a good thing to do for now. 

I watched a movie last night and rode my bike while doing so.  Even though the bike  was set at the very lowest level,  my legs are feeling some fatigue this morning.  

It is raining this morning but I think that will clear up to a beautiful afternoon.  Truth be told, who cares?  As long as I'm home and not at work, I'm fine with anything.

I plan to do some legs and chest weights today.  If we're doing Studio Yin Yoga tonight, I will need to sign up.  Back to reality...

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Good idea putting the scales with you clothes.....!!! Great that the numbers were good......ahhh stroopwaffels.....thy kind of call me in the evenings sometimes.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
It's funny-sad that I completely disregarded the scale by my clothes on Sunday. I guess "overlooked" is the correct word. Yesterday, though, it registered in my brain, Oh, there's the scale. I should weigh in. (LOL)


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Hope you have a good day at home today. You have a lot of stress you deal with when you are not at home, so time for relaxing and hope you enjoy your afternoon.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Yes, it was so nice. I know that this feeling will be fleeting once I step into the office. But I'll take what a can get as far as peace.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Well done!

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Thank you! :-)


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Really great to hear your weight is closer to where you want it - I also am probably going to have to watch things bc lately I feel loose.



Donkey - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

After forecasting a wet holiday weekend all last week, the weather here today couldn't be better:  sunny, a few clouds, warm.  I do not think it is supposed to rain here today, and tomorrow's chance of rain has dwindled down considerably.  After that, though, the rest of the week (when I'm inside anyway) is supposed to be rainy.  


I am quite dismayed this morning, to read on Twitter, that the states that have opened their beaches, water parks, hotels, and pools are having massive crowds - no social distancing, no masks, people saying that the virus is 99% survivable, that masks infringe on their civil liberties, that their mental health is also important (meaning that their mental health is more important that the physical health of others).  Just sad, sad, sad.  

(Reference Phoenix, Arizona; Ocean City, Maryland; and, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri)

So to focus on the positive, I am glad that the mayor of Chicago is keeping our beaches closed.  I am glad that our governor has instituted shelter-down policies for as long as he has.  I know that there are some inconsistencies, but overall, I'm glad that there are some politicians who do have some sense.  I was so touched by the governor of North Dakota, pleading tearfully to his constituents to wear a mask.  I feel the same way.


I have no real plans for today.  I would like to do weights, but my right shoulder is hurting again, from the weights I did on Friday.  I may do some Library Yin Yoga on YouTube.  She always has a wonderful way of calming me down. It is beautiful outside, and it may be nice just to spend time enjoying it, without having to DO anything specific.

We are having breakfast for dinner, and then tomorrow's dinner will be chili.  I found a recipe in a magazine for homemade crackers, so perhaps I will make those tomorrow, to go with the chili.

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Far too many people don't take Covid seriously. We are still on lockdown in Scotland until mid June. But when I do my weekly shopping there are never more than 3 or 4 of us wearing masks. Most are good about staying 2 metres apart and only a certain number are allowed in the store at one time. That's the only time I'm in public.


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Be careful with your shoulder. I had trouble with mine for 2 years by injuring it lifting too heavy dumbbells.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Chicago sounds like Nyc - our lockdowns are certainly not finished ! Too much density around my parts ! There’s certainly not a collective approach in the country but then again the density varies widely depending on population so - I understand a little the other states but I am sure the virus will spread more relatively !

I may try your library yin at some pin t - we will see !


bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
We had chili leftovers today...turned mine into chili fries.......and enjoyed it. I agree with Annie...i my shoulder and suffered with that for a couple of years...it took forever to the point that I thought it would never heal......now it's fine again...but I never want to go back to that...it lasted way too long.


Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
I'm with you on the wearing of masks. I think it is very important but so few, it appears, does it.



Donkey - Saturday May 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

I think I commented on Grannyannie's post that it was wet and gloomy here, too -- Well, it's not - YET.  Right now, it's sunny and lovely.  I know that this will not last for much longer, as we are expecting a rainy weekend, with some storms being severe.  So I want to get outside as soon as possible, to sit in the beautiful weather, drink my coffee (which has just finished brewing) and spy on my neighbors watch the birds and squirrels play.   This won't last long - white puffy clouds are already starting to move in.

But I thought I'd write here first.  I forgot to weigh-in this mprning, so I think I will check tomorrow, if I can remember.  I want to keep track of my numbers.  Speaking of which, I am inspired by Legcramps' post where she mentioned having a fitness goal.  So I am switching my focus from time or calories to miles on the bike, for my evening bike rides.  I've never done that before, so I think it will be a nice change.

Also, I want to do Library Yin Yoga (on YouTube) and weights this weekend.  I did some weights last night, and wow, it felt good!


Illinois will start to open up after this week. I still think it's too soon, but they are reporting that numbers are going down in the Chicagoland area.  I had a Zoom chat last night with the 2 ladies I volunteer with at the legal clinic. One works in the travel industry, and she has been furloughed.  She does not expect to go back to work until the end of the year.  The other lady works in an eye doctor's office, so she was furloughed for a little bit, and now is back part-time.  It was good to catch up with them, and it was interesting to hear how their lives have been affected by all of this. Each one of our experiences is different.

I *am* nervous about people thinking that just because the state is opening up that the virus is over.  NO, IT IS NOT.  We're opening up because of money, not because of health.  On the other hand, I do understand the need to try to get re-started.  I can only control myself and influence my family.  So if other people are not courteous enough to practice social distancing and mask-wearing, then I need to remove myself from them.  Simple as that.

And what I need to focus on for myself is not letting my dismay at what other citizens in my community are doing or saying, and just take care of my own.  It's sad to say that we're not all in this together, but some folks have it in their heads that they are better and know better than what the SCIENCE - and leaders/politicians who FOLLOW THE SCIENCE - are saying.


This weekend, I would like to start thinking of goals for June.  June starts on a Monday, which is a perfect day to start a new plan.

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/23/2020:
Good time to think of goals for June. Smile.


bearcountrygg on 05/23/2020:
We are just doing the best we can here....we can all be responsible for our health......take precautions....build up immune systems etc.....I suspect the summer heat will help a lot too.

Donkey on 05/24/2020:
It makes me so mad when I see other people with no regard for public health standards.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2020:
Totally 100 percent with you. Seems we have to open for the economy although let me tell you that the nyc area has been especially quarantined and still is - no city beaches along with our queens beaches will open until after this holiday.

I still don’t know when I’ll be heading to work but it seems a scary time with so many unknowns and the potential for so many more to be sick. I totally hear you!

Great idea on a miles tracking for the bike. I may also make some changes coming forward ...


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Scotland is on lockdown (with very limited opening up in some places) until mid June. We aren't doing what the irresponsible PM is doing (and he had the virus). Only England does what he says now. Scotland, Wales and NI are all doing it their own way.

Donkey on 05/24/2020:
Oh I read about that - outrageous! It is good to know that the separate countries are using better preventative measures. We're not hearing about that in the US.



Donkey - Friday May 22, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I spoke to my boss about my sleeping problems.  He suggested that I visualize pleasant memories as I wait to fall asleep. I think that helped!  I woke up dreaming but the dream was much less disturbing.  I will continue this habit.

I was very proud of myself yesterday for setting limits on the files that were driving me crazy.  One I said, I can't work on this any more - didn't answer emails on it, had  anyone who called on it told that I had left for the day. 

The other,  I canceled the closing because the other side isn't ready. I guess they thought it would all be worked out at the closing?  Nooo that's not how it works. 

Despite these boundaries,  I still stayed late,  getting home just in time to get ready for yoga. Not good. Missed seeing my daughter,  missed dinner with my husband.  Not good. 

Oh, but let me add that the boss left the office at 12:30 and didn't come back. So he gets time off while I'm stuck being harassed at the office.  I guess that's what I'm paid to do.   But I did call him at the end of the day regarding that canceled closing file. 

Work has definitely taken over my life.  Not good. 


I noticed at lady night's yoga session that I'm getting much better with balancing on one leg. I am planning to practice yoga this weekend. 

Eating was pretty good,  although I did not wake up hungry third morning. Perhaps because dinner was late. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/22/2020:
My balance is terrible and I really should do yoga.


innerpeace on 05/22/2020:
That is one thing I don't miss about the office is dealing with OPP (Other people's problems). Regarding sleep - I once had a boss tell me to start with my toes and flex them for like five seconds and release and do that for the calf, thigh and work your way up your body to your butt, hands, arms, shoulders and you will relax enough to go to sleep. I just remember doing it up to my butt and I guess fell asleep. So maybe it works. I find myself falling asleep during prayer too...so I guess anything that takes your mind off of it.


bearcountrygg on 05/22/2020:
I'm with Annie...my balance is also not good.....but then again...mine never was...I was probably the worls worse child ballerina....LOL....that probably won't change for me now...but if you can improve that..it is well worth it.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
I am glad you are working to pay the bills and hope that the job and personal time will balance out more soon!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
Happy Friday :-)



Donkey - Thursday May 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I have  a handful of files at work that are just driving me nuts. These files alone are keeping me way too busy. 

Male Co-Worker is taking all of next week off and then half of the week after that, to have and recover from hernia surgery. I suspect that there is also some vacation time too,  not just recovery.  This sucks for me because Mistakes Girl will be doing his job and not helping me!  She opens up all of our files,  which is terribly time consuming for me to do.  I'll make the adjustment if needed,  but it just sucks. 

He's having surgery in August too. Hope we're not real busy...


Waking up felt like a repeat of the past several days,  with wild dreams,  waking up tired,  not sleeping well...  I think this weekend,  I'll give myself permission to take a nap. 

This is the Memorial Day weekend,  and while the weather will be warm,  it's supposed to rain the entire weekend!  Ugh!  If it's not raining on Monday,  I'd like to go hiking with daughter,  but I'm not counting on the weather to cooperate.  And even if it fights,  with all the rain we've had,  trails will be messy. 

Well let me just focus on getting through today,  I guess. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/21/2020:
Yes, just get through today! It would be lovely to go hiking on the weekend; hopefully there will be a break in the weather to allow you to go for a little while. A little mud never hurt anyone :)


grannyannie on 05/21/2020:
Hiking sounds good, even in the rain.


Maria7 on 05/21/2020:
As for the rain, we are getting thunderstorms here today. Hoping you are doing well today.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
I’ve been having some odd dreams myself but it’s bc I am sleeping more....they relate to past periods of my life and people !

Rain all weekend ! What nonsense !



Donkey - Wednesday May 20, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I've been having some difficulties lately that I'd like to share with you. 

I've been waking up in the middle of the night,  for one reason or another.  Last night,  I woke up and started worrying about a file.    "Did I send out the declaration page to the other attorney???"  I haven't done this in a long time.  The last time it happened,  my boss told me not to let that happen,  that no file was worth that kind of anxiety. 

I've been waking up for other reasons too,  though, like the cat,  the husband,  too warm, etc.  Then when I finally fall asleep,  I start having wild dreams.  When the alarm goes off,  I'm in the middle of  a dream, exhausted. I fall back asleep,  into the dream,  and then wake up again,  still exhausted,  and get up. 

So I haven't been sleeping well.  This started over the weekend,  possibly last Friday-ish.  


Skipped Slow Yoga (difficult) last night,  and ironically,  we finished dinner in time where we could have taken the class.  Still,  I was glad not to have the pressure of needing to be ready at 6:30 class .

I think my eating has been ok,  although last night was Turkish take-out, and I had more carbs than usual.  Also,  I had a hot dog with a bun at lunch,  so that's more unusual carbs. 

I looked in the mirror last night and my underwear is looking too tight in the waist. 

I guess I'll go back weekly  weigh-ins as I try to  take off the extra pounds....

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/20/2020:
I need to look up turkish food...sounds interesting. Nothing but good old midwest fare here......chili, stew, burgers, hot dogs, and my personal fave...reubens!!! We have ZERO access to any other...i miss that......used to love me some almond chicken from the chinese take out place.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
Sometimes the waking up thing in the middle of the night would affect me too. It’s such an easy habit to slide into. Try to stay in bed or have a glass of water or even a chocolate with water - well this is what I do!

The Turkish meal sounds good!

You are probably doing well again with eating but it will just take more than a week for it all to even out.....stay the course !!



Donkey - Tuesday May 19, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 It's going to rain all day - yikes!  It was hard to get out of bed this morning as it was dark and damp... and for some reason, I am very tired this morning.  I almost considered sleeping in, rather than get up to ride my bike.  It was hard, but I'm up, drinking coffee, riding the bike.

I was busy at work!  It makes me wonder how busy I would be if there weren't a virus!  

Studio Yin Yoga was so nice last night, as we worked on stretching out the hips and shoulders.  Long story short, I did not have dinner before yoga, and it felt better not to have food in the tummy.  Afterwards, I was not hungry for a full dinner, so I had a protein shake and a piece of chocolate, and I was fine.

I did push-ups last night but not crunches.  I'm growing quite fond of push-ups!

I've opted not to take the Slow Flow class tonight, and while I offered it to my daughter, she passed as well.  I think we just need a break.  

Food intake will remain my focus today.  

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!


Donkey - Monday May 18, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

Happy Monday!  Next Monday will be a day off due to the Memorial Day holiday.  Until then,  just gotta keep moving forward. 

I signed up and paid for Studio Yin Yoga for my daughter and myself tonight,  and for Flow-Yin Yoga for just me on Thursday.  I haven't decided about Tuesday night yoga yet. Want to check in with daughter first. Maybe a break this week ...

Library Yin Yoga has a YouTube channel!  She's been posting yoga sessions since April!  So I can do these any time!  I'm going to do them in chronological order , and I did the first one yesterday afternoon.  So relaxing and calming.  I think that's why I like hers the best. 

I did much better with eating,  over the weekend.  In fact,  I woke up last night (because of the cat) realizing I was hungry.  It's been a while since that happened!  When I catch myself feeling munchie during the day,  I drink more flavored water,  which takes the edge off or, in some cases,  delays eating altogether . 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2020:
The flavored water is helping me too...I don't mind water at all...so I drink plenty...but the flavored seems to take away sweet cravings.

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Yes! The flavors help me drink a LOT at one time. Not in a dangerous amount, but to fill me for a tad... because I'm learning that my eating is often not because I'm hungry.


Maria7 on 05/18/2020:
Filling up on non-calorie beverages/water is a good way to stave off feelings of munchies.

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Yes! Too often I reach for something to eat, rather than focusing in on drinking more water, which I've been struggling with getting in enough.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
I’m sure the 3day weekend is hard earned !



Donkey - Sunday May 17, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

It never did get as warm as I thought it would yesterday, but it was still nice enough to work outside on clearing the deck in the backyard, so that it can be powerwashed this week. (Both my husband and I are no longer able to do chores like this.  I could do it, probably, with his assistance, but he cannot assist either.)  The dead tree is gone, and I've disbursed all of the soil (and worms) that was in the huge planter pot into the little patch outside that I'm trying to develop into a milkweed-butterfly garden.  The only thing that seems to be growing there are lillies though.  Those don't really attract monach butterflies, but so be it.  The milkweed is coming up in front, so I should have some butterflies in the front yard, at least.

Today is raining outside, so no outside activity.  I forced myself to do a little banking.  I've done all of my cardio.  I don't know if I will get to weight training.  I folded and put away laundry.  Even though I had a list of indoor things to do, I don't feel like doing any of them, so i thought I'd log in here first.  I'm thinking about reading a little bit.  I might watch some TV.  I should do some yoga :-)

In yesterday's mail, I received brochures for both of the public libraries in my area.  Both Library Chair Yoga and Library Yin Yoga classes are going to be offered online only.  The library has to plan all of their programs in advance, and so it looks like for at least June and July, we'll still be doing social distancing -- which is fine by me.  The Library Chair Yoga is a Zoom meeting.  We can see her, but she cannot see or hear any of us.  However, they will have a chat function that can be used if we have questions. Usually, it's just her talking anyways.  I will put this on the calendar so that my husband does not forget this time!

For Library Yin Yoga, every Monday (evening?) there will be a new video posted to YouTube, and we'll be emailed the link.  As you may recall, Library Yin Yoga is my absolute FAVORITE yoga session.  However, Monday nights I usually do Yoga Studio Yin Yoga.  I'm hoping that the Library Yin sessions will be still be available (archived) so that I can do them on Wednesday nights.  They should be, right?  I hope so because I do not want to have to choose between supporting the Yoga Studio and partaking in Library Yoga too.

Of everything, the thing I miss the most is being able to go to the library.  In Illinois, our numbers are still peaking - they have not plateaued nor decreased yet.  Now we have fools that want to open everything up and refuse to wear masks.  Lord, help us.... 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2020:
There are a lot of things we just can't do anymore...and have had to hire others to do them....and that works.....we have been forced to at least try to simplify things more....than ever...and as the years go by...we do less and less...I'm beginning to see why people my age move to condos or apartments.......

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Yep, we're getting to that point sooner than expected, due to husband's health issues and my back. Once our daughter moves out, it will be even more obvious.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
Oh that’s so beautiful that the butterflies will come to your house :)

I’m taking a break from weights today to hold off until tomorrow wonder if you will do the same!

Speaking of power washing, the gas station by me has a new do it yourself car wash station for only $5! I used it for almost 10 minutes to first rinse, then soap wash, then rinse off! It was so fun and cheap! And with a towel I was able to further get any streaks off my car and any missed spots clean once I quickly drove home!

When is your library zoom chair yoga ? Can I take part ?

I’m sorry that the folks in Illinois are not doing well In terms of still peaking! I’m nyc we are slowly decreasing...

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
I cannot find the sign-up for the Chair Yoga yet. I will share this with you when it either shows up on the calendar or when I figure out how to register.

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
No weights today, but I will do my push-ups! :-)



Donkey - Saturday May 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

As I promised to myself, I weighed in this morning... it was not good.  Picked up another 1.5 pounds.  NOW is the time to stop the weight gain, and focus on habits that helped me lose it in the first place, which is mainly eating habits, since I'm still done a lot of the other good habits (exercise, water) that helped me lose weight in the first place.

In the meantime, I'm grateful for my health and my mobility.


Today is beautiful weather, so I'm getting stuff done outdoors:  drying laundry on the deck, clearing off the deck for power washing next week, took out the large, dead avocado tree that was in the corner of my living room.  The space looks empty now, but it's already a relief to have it gone.  So sad - it was a beautiful tree, but after the last repotting, things did not go well and eventually it died, but it has been too cold outside to drag the thing out until recently.

Perhaps I will get a walk or a jog outside, but with the weather being so nice, I'm anticipating that everyone else will be outside too.... so maybe not.  

Tomorrow, we're getting storms, so I'm thinking of indoor things to do tomorrow.  If I have a list of activities to choose from, it helps fight against anxiety that can pop up when I do not have a plan.  I still have the yoga book I'm trying to get through, an abridged copy of Dracula.. there are some other books that I haven't cracked open in a long time that I can read, as well.  

 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2020:
I'm moving a dead cactus out today too........wish I had a green thumb...but if it doesn't talk and tell it's thirsty...I tend to forget to water it...LOL.

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
I removed the dead cactus, but the pot it was in is still on the deck. However, the dead tree is completely gone now.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
I have found that when I go walking in communities and not parks it doesn’t get very crowded ...

I do better with some plans too as we both are. I’m glad you could enjoy some nice weather to work in your yard!



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